Samuel Epstein

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Samuel Seymour Epstein (April 13, 1926[1] – March 18, 2018)[2] was a physician and, at the time of his death, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health at the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois at Chicago.[3] He is known for his contributions on avoidable causes of cancer, for which he was given the Right Livelihood Award in 1998.[4] His papers are held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.[5]


Epstein was born in England in 1926 and emigrated to the United States in 1960. For ten years he held a position at the Children's Cancer Research Foundation and Harvard University. He then became a distinguished professor at Case Western Reserve University before moving to the University of Illinois in 1976.[6] In addition to 270 scientific articles, he published 12 books, and was active in publicizing claims on the carcinogenic properties of chlordane pesticides,[7] growth hormones in milk,[8] nitrosamines in bacon,[9] saccharin,[10] beverage preservatives,[11] and other food additives.[12] His work drew criticism from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, which claimed that his book The Safe Shopper's Bible misleads consumers by labeling safe products as carcinogenic.[13] He was a strong critic of the American Cancer Society.


  • Epstein, S. S.; Legator, M., eds. (1971), The Mutagenicity of Pesticides, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Epstein, S. S., ed. (1971), Drugs of Abuse—Genetic and Other Chronic Non-Psychiatric Hazards, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
  • Epstein, S. S.; Grundy, D., eds. (1974), The Legislation of Product Safety. Consumer Health and Product Hazards. Vol. I. Chemicals, Electronic Products, Radiation, Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. Vol. II. Cosmetics and Drugs, Pesticides, Food Additives, MIT Press, 1976.
  • Epstein, S. S. (1978), The Politics of Cancer, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. Abridged Japanese translation, 1978. Revised and expanded edition, Anchor/Doubleday Press, New York, 1979. The Politics of Cancer, Revisited, East Ridge Press, Fremont Center, N.Y., 1998.
  • Epstein, S. S.; Pope, C.; Brown, L. (1982), Hazardous Waste in America, San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
  • Doyal, L.; Epstein, S. S. (1983), Cancer in Britain: The Politics of Prevention, London: Pluto Press.
  • Steinman, D.; Epstein, S. S. (1995), The Safe Shoppers' Bible, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Epstein, S. S.; Steinman, D. (1997), The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 2nd ed. (with Levert), Macmillan, 1998.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2001), Got (Genetically Engineered) Milk! The Monsanto Milk Wars Handbook (E-book) |format= requires |url= (help), New York: Seven Stories Press.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2001), Unreasonable Risk. How to Avoid Cancer from Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Environmental Toxicology. 2nd ed., Environmental Toxicology, 2005. Japanese ed., Lyon-sha Publishing, 2006.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2005), Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War, Baywood Publishing.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2006), What's In Your Milk?, Trafford Publishing.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2009), Toxic Beauty, BenBella Books.
  • Epstein, S. S. (2011), NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE and AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Criminal Indifference to Cancer Prevention and Conflicts of Interest, Xlibris, Corp.


  1. ^ Biography of Samuel Epstein
  2. ^ Roberts, Sam (2018-04-25). "Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies". The New York Times.
  3. ^ UIC School of Public Health faculty & staff Archived 2009-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2009-12-13.
  4. ^ Right Livelihood Award 1998: Samuel Epstein (USA) Archived 2006-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2009-12-13.
  5. ^ Samuel S. Epstein Papers 1957-2007, National Library of Medicine
  6. ^ About the author, from The Politics of Cancer Revisited
  7. ^ Cohn, D'Vera (April 6, 1989), "Pesticide Fears Leave Pair A House That's Not Home;Virginia Couple Stay in Backyard Trailer", Washington Post
  8. ^ "Growing a baby? Grow green!", Today, April 9, 2008. Excerpt from Green Babies, Sage Moms by Lynda Fassa.
  9. ^ Blitman, Judy (August 8, 1973), "Food and Health Experts Warn Against Bringing Home the Bacon", New York Times
  10. ^ Condor, Bob (June 11, 2000), "Taking saccharin off the carcinogen list strikes a sour note", Chicago Tribune
  11. ^ Brody, Jane E. (December 21, 1971), "Drink Preservative Found To Produce a Carcinogen", New York Times
  12. ^ Brody, Jane E. (January 21, 1973), "Group of Scientists Warns Against Ending Ban on Cancer-Causing Food Additives", New York Times
  13. ^ "Book on unsafe products attacked by the FDA", Chicago Tribune, September 22, 1995

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